W.A.S.P. Announces 'Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary Of The Crimson Idol' European Tour

W.A.S.P. will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its classic fifth album, “The Crimson Idol”, by releasing a re-recorded version of the LP along with a 50-minute DVD film of the album’s story. In addition, the band will perform “The Crimson Idol” in its entirety — on a tour dubbed “Re-Idolized: The 25th Anniversary Of The Crimson Idol” — along with three missing songs originally intended to be part of the recordings. The show will be done in two parts, with the first being “The Crimson Idol”, and part two being a collection of greatest hits. Confirmed dates: Nov. 08 – … Continue reading

CRIMFALL Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Finnish cinemascopic metallers CRIMFALL. CRIMFALL comments: “We are beyond excited for this opportunity to work with the legendary Metal Blade. It makes all these years we wrestled with the third album worthwhile as we can finally share the fruits of our labor through the most dedicated and respected label. CRIMFALL never does anything half-assed so be sure we go all in with this album as we see this as a massive opportunity to raise the stakes to the sky-high level.” CRIMFALL took its shape in 2007 from the mind of Jakke Viitala. … Continue reading

ADRENALINE RUSH: 'Love Like Poison' Video Released

“Love Like Poison”, the new video from Swedish female-fronted rockers ADRENALINE RUSH, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s second album, “Soul Survivor”, which will be released on April 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. Following the successful release of the band’s 2014 self-titled debut, ADRENALINE RUSH is now ready to unleash its next infectious slice of hard, sleaze, melodic rock on the rock ‘n roll masses! This time, blond bombshell vocalist Tåve Wanning mainly collaborated with Fredrik Folkare (FIRESPAWN, UNLEASHED), who brought fresh influences to the table that fit very well with Tåve‘s ideas. The music … Continue reading

1349 Signs Worldwide Deal With SEASON OF MIST

Season Of Mist has announced the signing of 1349. The Norwegian black metal stalwarts have already been signed to this label in the U.S. and now extend the deal to a worldwide representation. Regarding their signing, 1349 comment: “We are currently in the early creative stages of our new art offering and we are exited to confirm that we have extended our agreement with partners Season Of Mist — this time handling the release worldwide.” When 1349 rose from the ashes of ALVHEIM in 1997, the band was driven by a deep desire to keep the black metal flame burning … Continue reading

SOUNDGARDEN Announces Spring 2017 U.S. Tour

One of the most influential bands in rock music, Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum band SOUNDGARDEN, today announced a North American headline tour that will kick off on May 3 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Fox Theatre. THE PRETTY RECKLESS and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN will support select dates. A special ticket pre-sale for fans who are signed up to SoundgardenWorld.com and ChrisCornell.com will launch Tuesday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday, March 3 at 10 a.m. local time. SOUNDGARDEN will also appear at a variety of previously announced summer festivals, … Continue reading

SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Says METALLICA Was 'Disrespected' At This Year's GRAMMY AWARDS

SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor believes that METALLICA was “disrespected” at this year’s Grammy Awards. METALLICA‘s collaboration with pop superstar Lady Gaga at the 59th annual event in Los Angeles on February 12 turned into something of a disaster when the Grammy sound crew did not turn frontman James Hetfield‘s mic on, forcing him to share the mic with Gaga after the first verse and chorus. As a further humiliation, presenter Laverne Cox did not even introduce METALLICA by name. At the end of the song, a visibly angry Hetfield hurled his guitar at a road crew member while kicking over … Continue reading

Ex-STATIC-X Guitarist TRIPP EISEN Breaks Silence A Decade After Serving Time For Sex With Minor

Ex-STATIC-X and DOPE guitarist Tripp Eisen has broken his silence for the first time since serving time in prison for sexually assaulting an underage girl. Eisen — whose real name is Tod Rex Salvador — was arrested in Orange County, California in late February 2005. The then-39-year-old musician allegedly met a 14-year-old Sayreville, New Jersey girl on the Internet, drove from Pennsylvania on January 7, 2005 to meet her, and assaulted her in a shopping center in Old Bridge, New Jersey. The girl’s mother found out about the incident and alerted police. In a separate incident, Eisen was arrested on … Continue reading

CHUCK BILLY On TESTAMENT's Musical Direction: 'We Can't Do Anything Different At This Point'

Vocalist Chuck Billy of San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT was interviewed on recent episode of the “Nekcbreaker” podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below. Asked if there is an unspoken competition between the classic thrash metal bands to outdo each other with their new album releases, Chuck said: “It definitely inspires you, because [the other bands] raise the bar, and every time the bar is raised, especially for a classic band’s been around and putting out strong records, you’re, like, ‘We’ve gotta put out a good record.’ And I think everybody kind of … Continue reading

WEIKATH Says There Are Plans For HELLOWEEN To Record At Least One New Song With KISKE, HANSEN

Spain’s Metal Journal recently conducted an interview with HELLOWEEN guitarist Michael Weikath about the reunion of the band’s classic lineup. Dubbed “Pumpkins United”, the group’s upcoming tour will feature seven musicians — including former members Michael Kiske (vocals) and Kai Hansen (guitar), alongside current singer Andi Deris and guitarist Sascha Gerstner — performing material spanning HELLOWEEN‘s entire three-decade-plus history. A few excerpts from the chat follow below (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the possibility of the “Pumpkins United” lineup of HELLOWEEN recording new music: Weikath: “There’s an idea for doing at least one track — at least. Personally, I think we … Continue reading

Video: APOCALYPTICA Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of 'Plays Metallica By Four Cellos' With Vienna Concert

On May 10, 1996 Finnish rockers APOCALYPTICA released their epic debut, “Plays Metallica By Four Cellos”. The instrumental cello-driven rock opus changed the landscape of heavy music for years to come. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album, the group re-released a remastered version with three bonus tracks on July 22, 2016. Containing never-before-released instrumental recordings of “Battery”, “Nothing Else Matters” and “Seek & Destroy”, the updated version gave fans a chance to revisit the novel take on this classic metal band. Upon its release, “Plays Metallica By Four Cellos” was a new approach to the hits of the … Continue reading